The Ice King

The Ice King

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This is the searing documentary of a lost cultural icon, a story of art, sport, sexuality, and rebellion.

A few years before Torvill and Dean became the face of British figure skating, John Curry became the 1976 Olympic and World champion. He makes for a fascinating subject due to his impact on the world of professional skating. The film highlights early on Curry’s struggle with his mental health, as well as the pressure placed upon him as a gay sportsman in the 1970s.

Raised as a middle-class boy in an unglamorous corner of Birmingham, Curry was not allowed to attend ballet classes, his father let him skate because that was protected by the umbrella of ‘sport’. Curry went on to become the best in the world. In this excellent documentary we are treated to impressive (some previously unseen) footage of the skater in his pomp.